An elevation is a rise or the raising of something. Mountains have an elevation based on how high they are and your mood has an elevation as you get happier.

Elevation is a noun that tells how high something is raised above a surface or ground line. It's also a term for measuring things like temperatures or degrees. Your body temperature might have an elevation if you have the flu, just as the elevation of a hill increases as it gets steeper. Buildings have an elevation too: The front of a building from top to bottom is its front elevation of the structure.

Definitions of elevation
  1. noun
    distance of something above a reference point (such as sea level)
    “there was snow at the higher elevations
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    equality of elevation above sea level
    altitude, height
    elevation especially above sea level or above the earth's surface
    grade, ground level
    the height of the ground on which something stands
    water level
    the level of the surface of a body of water
    height above ground
    sea level
    level of the ocean's surface (especially that halfway between mean high and low tide); used as a standard in reckoning land elevation or sea depth
    (meteorology) altitude of the lowest layer of clouds
    maximum altitude at which a plane can fly (under specified conditions)
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    the property created by the space between two objects or points
  2. noun
    angular distance above the horizon (especially of a celestial object)
    synonyms: ALT, EL, altitude
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    angular position
    relation by which any position with respect to any other position is established
  3. noun
    (ballet) the height of a dancer's leap or jump
    “a dancer of exceptional elevation
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    the distance leaped (or to be leaped)
  4. noun
    a raised or elevated geological formation
    synonyms: eminence, natural elevation
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    depression, natural depression
    a sunken or depressed geological formation
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    highland, upland
    elevated (e.g., mountainous) land
    a local and well-defined elevation of the land
    mount, mountain
    a land mass that projects well above its surroundings; higher than a hill
    foreland, head, headland, promontory
    a natural elevation (especially a rocky one that juts out into the sea)
    a long narrow natural elevation or striation
    a rounded elevation (especially one on an ocean floor)
    any high mountain
    a long ridge or pile
    a submerged (or partly submerged) ridge in a river or along a shore
    a mountain or tall hill
    a hill that rises abruptly from the surrounding region; has a flat top and sloping sides
    (usually plural) a rolling treeless highland with little soil
    dune, sand dune
    a ridge of sand created by the wind; found in deserts or near lakes and oceans
    (geology) a long winding ridge of post glacial gravel and other sediment; deposited by meltwater from glaciers or ice sheets
    a relatively low hill on the lower slope of a mountain
    hammock, hillock, hummock, knoll, mound
    a small natural hill
    ledge, shelf
    a projecting ridge on a mountain or submerged under water
    a term used in Scottish names of promontories
    a promontory extending out into a large body of water
    a submerged ridge of rock or coral near the surface of the water
    ripple mark
    one of a series of small ridges produced in sand by water currents or by wind
    an underwater mountain rising above the ocean floor
    plateau, tableland
    a relatively flat highland
    a high rocky hill
    a mountain formed by volcanic material
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    formation, geological formation
    (geology) the geological features of the earth
  5. noun
    the highest level or degree attainable; the highest stage of development
    synonyms: acme, height, meridian, peak, pinnacle, summit, superlative, tiptop, top, zenith
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    degree, level, point, stage
    a specific identifiable position in a continuum or series or especially in a process
  6. noun
    the event of something being raised upward
    “an elevation of the temperature in the afternoon”
    synonyms: lift, raising
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    ascension, ascent, rise, rising
    a movement upward
  7. noun
    the act of increasing the wealth or prestige or power or scope of something
    “his elevation to cardinal”
    synonyms: aggrandisement, aggrandizement
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    ego trip, self-aggrandisement, self-aggrandizement
    an act undertaken to increase your own power and influence or to draw attention to your own importance
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    increase, step-up
    the act of increasing something
  8. noun
    drawing of an exterior of a structure
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    architectural plan, plan
    scale drawing of a structure
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